Simon Rimmer Returns With Man Vs Food: Round 3


On Tuesday 26th January 2016, Celebrity Chef Simon Rimmer is to return with the ultimate gastronomical challenge – ‘Man vs. Food’ – at Robinsons’ award winning bar and grill; The Airport Pub on Ringway Road by Manchester Airport.

Inspired by the hit American TV show, the Sunday Brunch Chef will once again throw down the gauntlet to over 50 hungry punters vying to triumph in a belly-bursting battle.

The belt-loosening challenge will see contestants say ‘goodbye’ to their January diets in favour of tackling a gargantuan 32oz burger comprising of 2 beef patties with a hefty serving of delicious pulled pork, ‘slow n low’ smoked beef brisket, spicy chilli beef, Southern style chicken, 4 rashers of crispy smoked bacon, pickled gherkins, onion rings and smokey cheese. As if that wasn’t enough, the cushion-sized burgers come with a side of fries and BBQ beans.

Commenting, Simon Rimmer said: “This will be the third challenge we’ve done and we’ve only had a handful of winners from each event. It’s such a difficult challenge, but it’s great fun and I admire anyone who comes close to completing. Let’s just say, it’s an event I’m happy to judge rather than partake in. This time, we’ve raised the stakes and it will be a challenge of colossal proportions.”

The event will form part of the pub’s first year celebrations; having reopened in January 2015 after a major investment from Robinsons Brewery in Stockport. In the last 12 months alone, The Airport has welcomed thousands of visitors, customers and aviation enthusiast alike, won ‘Best UK Pub Design’ at the acclaimed Restaurant and Bar Design Awards, and has recently received a nomination for ‘Best New Pub’ at the 2016 Publican Awards.

Simon Taylor, Retail Operations Manager for Robinsons Brewery, said: “Needless to say The Airport has exceeded all our expectations and continues to provide a brilliant meeting place for the community of Wythenshawe and the surrounding areas. We are proud of the pub and this event is a great way of raising a pint to a tremendous first year.”

Closing, Simon Rimmer said: “We invite everyone to come down, participate or simply cheer on our competitors… they’re going to need all the support they can get!”

Tickets for the event are on sale NOW from The Airport Pub. Doors open from 6.30pm. Tickets are £20 per entrant with free admission for spectators. Each participant will receive a free t-shirt to commemorate the event and a free pint. The winner of the challenge will also win their height in beer. Tempted?

To book your tickets contact:

The Airport Pub
Ringway Road
M22 5WH
Tel: 0161 498 8536

Simon Rimmer Hosts Man vs Food At Robinsons Brewery

Simon Rimmer

The American cult culinary TV series, ‘Man V Food’, has fast become a worldwide cultural touchstone, but how did local contestants cope with the mammoth meat feat dished up by Robinsons Visitors Centre in Stockport?!?

On Tuesday the 17th December, Celebrity Chef Simon Rimmer put his wooden spoon aside for a front row seat at Robinsons’ gastronomic marathon. Inspired by the hit US series ‘Man V Food’, the premise of the event was disarmingly simple: eat everything in sight!

Gastro belts were loosened, stretched, and eventually engulfed as Simon Rimmer, Robinsons’ Catering Development Manager Christian Whittleworth, and the rest of the Robinsons Visitors Centre A-team served up a ‘challenge’ of colossal proportions for 50 allegedly insatiable men and women, plus 80 ‘spectators’ who enjoyed ‘regular’ portions of food.

Each of the stalwart contenders had just 30 minutes in which to consume an offensively huge dish designed to stretch their stomachs and taste buds to the limit: sporting a gargantuan 18oz burger the size of a sofa cushion served on brioche and topped with bacon, cheese, caramelised onions, chilli mayo, pickles and BBQ pulled pork… served with a side order of fries, coleslaw and salad leaves (for the health conscious!), washed down with a chilli laced pint of Robinsons real ale and cooled down with an ice cream made from – yes, you guessed it – chillies!

Simon RimmerNeedless to say … they came, they saw, they were conquered!! Of the 50 competitors that took part, only seven men were left standing. These food champions received their dinner for free plus a bespoke winner’s T-shirt. Food had the last laugh as these defeated men and women were served up a divine final course of instant, unexpected pregnancy … AKA … the food baby from hell!

Ballooned bellies aside, this was a truly fantastic event which brought the entire community out of their homes and into Robinsons recently launched Visitors Centre – a fantastic and very unique event venue.

Commenting on the event, Simon Rimmer said: “when we devised the menu I thought the heat was going to be the thing that got them and the power of the chillies but no one seemed to be particularly phased by that. I think what really got them was the combination of carbohydrates that killed them. All the guys who finished had good tactics – they didn’t stop. Adam (Richman) always says that with the big eating challenges you’ve got to keep going the digestive system going because the minute you stop the body goes into lockdown.”

When asked if Simon would ever do this he said: “never! I just don’t know how anyone does it; I admire everyone sat around this table that did it. Just the sight of it makes me feel slightly nauseous.”

The US series of ‘Man V Food’ may be no more, but perhaps a revival of this excessive extravaganza may be on the cards at Robinsons Visitors Centre in the voracious town of Stockport.

Since opening its doors in March 2013, Robinsons Visitors Centre has hosted a range of events from beer and food matching to BBQs, breakfast meetings to bespoke conference banqueting.

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